Pre-TournamentSerena vs Sharapova
I'm certain many a fan is so very thankful we had some clarification (not really - doesn't really matter) on the She Said, She Said and She Said and on and on and on about something. How many of us would have enjoyed watching any other tennis matches knowing this Sword of Damocles was hanging over the All England Club?
This is what sometimes happens when young ones are groomed to be stars - they miss out on there teen years and some have to play them out later in life. Serena should have responded as Patrick Mouratoglou did when he was asked about the subject, "Sorry. I don't understand the question."
Keep playing fantastic tennis, both of you, but text one another next time about such things of grave importance. You too Rolling Stone. Oh, lock your phones when you're done please.
Speaking of texting, is the some sort of brevity code for Wimbledon? I get it. It's the postal code thing for London or something like that. Okay, so? Please don't anyone begin referring to the US Open as F68 or some other catchy (not so) whatever.
Can we collectively claim this a win for the U.S. and Puerto Rico in light of this confusing citizenship, quasi-51st-state thing we have going on?. We are so in need of accumulating some overall points. Let's flub a little.
Nadal Sidelined by Darcis
Some place the blame on Rafa's health (knee injury recovery more specifically). Regardless, Darcis handled what he received (or didn't) with some smart tennis. See our article http://itoaduso.blogspot.com/2013/06/rough-on-rafa.html.
Federer Wins His Match Handily Against Victor Hanescu of Romania 3, 2, 0.
Day TwoBernard Tomic and His Father/Coach
When will this end? For more scoop go to http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/06/tomic-atp-was-wrong-ban-my-dad/48067/.
The Retirement (Walkover) Party Begins
Azarenka, after overcoming an injury and fall to the court in first-round play, refusing to lose the match, threw in the towel this day along with six other singles players - Darcis, Tsonga, Stepanek, Isner, Cilic and Shvedova.
Maria Sharapova was sent to the locker room by 131st ranked qualifier Michelle de Brito of Portugal 3, 4.
Wozniacki defeated by Cetovska 2, 2.
Federer loses to 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
Ana Ivanovic, Leyton Hewitt and Jelena Jankovic have some spare London time on their hands as well.
Not as wacky as the first three days.
Among others, the following headed to the 3rd Round
Ladies' Singles: Radwanska, S Williams, Lisicki, Krumm, Stosur
Mens' Singles: Del Potro, Djokovic, Nishikor, Tomic
If the fans at Wimbledon are looking forward to as many familiar top players for which they have become familiar, the weather better be good at night so the Centre Court roof can be opened and they can see some stars. For reason of defeat by upset or injury, many of the top-seed players are either in the stands, touring London or heading home.
"The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!"
That's not how the historical cry was shouted, but it holds true for the American men at Wimbledon. Whether or not their coming directly home or not, there is not an American male singles player remaining for tournament play. Learn more at http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/06/no-american-men-third-round-first-time-101-years/48129/
More from Tomic?
Okay, we get it, we don't get it. Whatever you say next, we'll simply nod. Something needs to be addressed here other than the assault by his father on a prior hitting partner and not by the tennis community - how about their community, their family?
Well, you'll see some familiar faces and many not-so (a few more retired) beginning the second half of this fortnight. Check out http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ws/index.html for the Ladies' Singles schedule and http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/index.html for the Mens'.
Play the Game!